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10th Planet Jiu Jitsu, academy, Bernardo Faria, BJJ, Jiu Jitsu, purple belt, World Championship -

Bernardo Faria is one of the most decorated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athletes in history.  Having won the World Championships an amazing 5 times, he is considered one of the most important super-heavyweight competitors in history and certainly one of the best of his generation of athletes.  But there was a time early on when Bernardo was not certain he would be able to follow the course that training BJJ had begun to lay out for him early on. It was as a purple belt, that Bernardo's development had reached a tipping point and his course as one of history's most...

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academy, Bernardo Faria, BJJ, competition, goal setting, gym, Jiu Jitsu, weight loss, World Champion -

If you aren't training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu yet, first off, what are you waiting for?  Do a little bit of research and reach out to local gyms or academies in your area and try your first class.  Don't be afraid to reach out to a variety of BJJ schools and try a few different classes to get a feel for each location and get yourself started asap. If you've been training a while, you can attest to how addicting the art is and can become.  The reason we all start BJJ might vary by the person, but at the end...

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10th Planet Jiu Jitsu, academy, ADCC, attitude, BJJ, goal setting, Grappling, Jiu Jitsu, mindset, tom deblass, Training -

BJJ Fanatics recently asked Tom DeBlass what he thought were the three most important qualities that a jiu jitsu practitioner should strive for or embody in their training.  Without missing a beat, Tom said that they were "relentlessness, a positive attitude and gratitude to your team."  These three concepts can serve as goals that we all try to improve on the way towards our goals. As a world class competitor, coach of students who have achieved the highest grappling stages themselves and the owner of his academy Ocean County BJJ, Tom's advice can be applied by someone who is just...

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academy, ADCC, BJJ, challenge, Competition, diet, fitness, goals, gym, half guard, IBJJF, Jiu Jitsu, techniques, Tom DeBlass -

In the journey to black belt, you will spend many, many hours and years on the mats honing your skills.  Over that time, many things can impact your ability to remain at the same BJJ academy or gym you may have started at.  Often times, we are forced by work, family, school, or some other reason to make the always difficult decision to find a new academy.  Or if you are currently contemplating starting BJJ, you may want to take a look at some of the things that will make sure you find the right place that will help you...

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academy, Berkut BJJ, BJJ, competition, goals, grappling, jiu jiteiro, Jiu Jitsu -

The reasons that a person may walk into a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy and gym can be as varied as the people themselves.  There is really no standard reason, although there are a number of common threads.  Many people are looking for a way to get in shape.  Some are looking to gain confidence and they understand martial arts as a way to achieve this goal.  Others might be seeking some self defense skills.  Through BJJ a practitioner will achieve all of these goals and more.  Each will take time and some will take more focus than others, but all...

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